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Joel Achenbach / Watergate? Now there was a scandal

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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 12:01 am

I was 12 years old during Sam Ervin's Watergate hearings, and watched them over the course of a long, hot summer, a time when I seemed to register the startling fact that my parents weren't infallible and grownups did not necessarily know more about the world than I did. Watergate was empowering in a sense: It told you that the authority figures were flawed, perhaps deeply so, that you should not blindly trust the powerful. Bad men do bad things and lie about them, and it is our challenge to scrape away that deceit and find the truth beneath.

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